How to Air Fry Zucchini Without Breadcrumbs

Air frying zucchini without breadcrumbs is a healthier, low-carb option for enjoying this versatile vegetable. Without the coating, you get to savor the natural flavors and textures of zucchini, enhanced with a bit of seasoning. Here’s a straightforward method to achieve deliciously tender and slightly crispy zucchini slices or sticks using an air fryer:


  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced into rounds or sticks
  • Olive oil or olive oil spray
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Optional seasonings: garlic powder, Italian seasoning, or chili flakes


1. Preheat the Air Fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (about 204°C). If your air fryer model doesn’t require preheating, you can skip this step.

2. Prepare the Zucchini

  • Wash and Cut: Rinse the zucchinis and cut them into rounds or sticks, depending on your preference.
  • Pat Dry: Use paper towels to pat the zucchini pieces dry. Removing excess moisture is key to achieving a better texture when air frying.
  • Season: Place the zucchini in a mixing bowl. Lightly coat with olive oil or spray with olive oil spray. Season with salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings you like. Toss to evenly coat all the pieces.

3. Arrange in the Air Fryer

  • Spread the zucchini pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray. Avoid overcrowding to ensure the zucchini cooks evenly and gets slightly crispy.

4. Cook

  • Air fry the zucchini for about 10-12 minutes, flipping or shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.

5. Check for Doneness

  • The zucchini should be tender on the inside and slightly crispy on the edges. Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the thickness of the slices or sticks and your air fryer model.

6. Serve

  • Serve the air-fried zucchini immediately as a side dish or a healthy snack. They’re delicious with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon juice, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Tips for Perfect Air-Fried Zucchini

  • Thickness Matters: Cut the zucchini into uniform sizes for even cooking. Thicker slices or sticks will be more tender, while thinner ones can get crispier.
  • Avoid Sogginess: Don’t skip patting the zucchini dry, as excess moisture can steam the vegetables in the air fryer, preventing them from getting crispy.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Zucchini has a mild flavor that pairs well with a variety of seasonings. Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices.
  • Batch Cooking: If cooking in batches, you may find the second batch cooks a bit quicker due to the air fryer being fully preheated.

Air frying zucchini without breadcrumbs is an easy, healthy way to enjoy this vegetable, with a delightful texture that’s both tender and crispy. This method brings out the natural sweetness of zucchini, making it a versatile side that complements a wide range of dishes.

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